The Vera Project Programs
Vera’s music and art presentation programming includes 1-4 all-ages concerts every week, monthly visual art shows, and all-ages programming at festivals such as Capitol Hill Block Party and Sasquatch. Concerts promote artistic experimentation and excellence, and feature local and touring artists of a range of genres. Vera combines acclaimed artists from the cutting edge of today’s music scene with young and emerging talent. Art shows in Vera’s gallery expose thousands to new work by youth and adults.
Education programs include screenprinting classes, audio engineering training, live and studio recording, and music/event production training. Structured classes merge with experiential learning at Vera events to give participants the skills they need to produce quality art and become the future of Seattle’s music industry. Many participants use the experience gained at Vera to launch creative projects and careers at music venues, labels, and arts/non-profit organizations.
Vera functions through a participatory structure that fosters collaboration between youth and adults. Youth participate throughout the organization, from running concerts to directing programming to serving on the Board. By integrating youth as volunteers, governing Members and interns, Vera stays relevant to constituents, fosters youth leadership, and makes the organization a true partnership between youth and adults.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The past few months have been a very exciting time at Vera, and most recently we hired a new Executive Director, Timothy Lennon. The Vera community is looking forward to growing our presence throughout the city and forming new partnerships, as well as expanding our programs. We recently established a new Booking Committee to allow more young people to play an active role in booking bands and making shows happen, and also created a new education curriculum which will allow for more workshops, advanced classes, and clear pathways to get professional experience.
The Vera Project’s primary current need is for general support. Since opening its Seattle Center venue in 2007, Vera has expanded vastly, serving more people than ever while expanding programs and increasing efficiency; in 2010 Vera’s cost-per-client was $11.02, compared to $20.53 in 2005 when Vera served 17,000 people. To sustain this success, Vera needs a strong base of general operating and program funding. Vera also has many opportunities for volunteer and in-kind support.